coyolli (Mdz41r)

coyolli (Mdz41r)
Element from a Compound

Glyph or Iconographic Image Description: 

This element for bell (coyolli) has been carved from the compound sign for the place name, Xocoyoltepec. It shows two seemingly gold bells connected by a horizontal line. The bells have two horizontal stripes and a vertical slit at the bottom where the sound would escape.

Description, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Added Analysis: 

These bells seem to have been made in both gold and copper (note the color differences, below). We have several terms relating to bells in this collection. By 1560 European bells are clearly making headway into local designs. See the names deriving from the verb to ring (tzilini), below.

Added Analysis, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Source Manuscript: 
Date of Manuscript: 

c. 1541, but by 1553 at the latest

Creator's Location (and place coverage): 

Mexico City

Cultural Content & Iconography: 
Cultural Content, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Shapes and Perspectives: 

campanas, campanillas, bells, pinjantes, metales, oro, gold

Glyph or Iconographic Image: 
Relevant Nahuatl Dictionary Word(s): 
Additional Scholars' Interpretations: 


Glyph/Icon Name, Spanish Translation: 

el cascabel

Spanish Translation, Credit: 

Stephanie Wood

Image Source: 

Codex Mendoza, folio 41 recto,, image 92 of 188.

Image Source, Rights: 

The Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford, hold the original manuscript, the MS. Arch. Selden. A. 1. This image is published here under the UK Creative Commons, “Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License” (CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0).